April fluid sales continue downward trend

April 2014 packaged fluid milk sales totaled 4.15 billion lbs., down 4.5% from the year before, according to USDA’s Dairy Market News.

April sales of conventional products, at 3.94 billion lbs., were down 5.0% compared to April 2013; organic products, at 205 million lbs., were up 7.4%. Organic represented about 4.9% of total sales for the month.

For the year-to-date, packaged fluid milk sales totaled 17.04 billion lbs., down 2.2% from January-April 2013. Sales of  conventional products, at 16.21 billion lbs., were down 2.9%; organic products, at 828 million lbs., were up 13.4%. Organic represented about 4.9% of total sales.


Cull cow prices hit $1.05/lb.

Estimated U.S. June 2014 cull cow prices (beef and dairy combined) averaged $105.00/cwt., according to the USDA/NASS Ag Prices report. The average is up $1.00/cwt. from May’s revised estimate, and $23.40/cwt. more than June 2013.Year-to-date, the cull cow price has averaged $99.62/cwt., up $17.67 from January-June 2013.


Weekly dairy cow slaughter under federal inspection

Week ending June 14: 47,100 head

Year-to-date (YTD) 2014: 1,310,700 head

YTD compared to same period 2013: -157,700 head

Highlights: For the week, 32% came from USDA Zone 5 (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH & WI); 24% came from USDA Zone 9 (AZ, CA, HI & NV).

Source: USDA Weekly Cow Slaughter Report


Webinar to discuss USDA June 30 crop reports

USDA will release latest Crop Acreage and Grain Stocks reports on June 30. University of Illinois ag economists Darrel Good and Scott Irwin will host a webinar, July 1, 8-9 a.m. (Central) to interpret the numbers and discuss potential market impacts.

The estimate of June 1 stocks of corn and soybeans will provide a clearer picture of total 2013-14 marketing-year consumption, ending stocks and price prospects. The report will be especially important for projecting the magnitude of domestic corn consumption for feed use.

Estimates of of planted acreage will clarify prospects for the size of the 2014 corn and soybean crops, with implications for the 2014-15 balance sheets and price prospects.

This webinar is free. However, registration is required to participate. For details and registration information, click here.


Idaho Producers Livestock Marketing Association

Dairy replacement sales results from Jerome, Idaho, on June 25:

Springers (top 100): $1800 with top of $2475

Fresh heifers: $2060-$2210

Short bred: $1240-$1900

Open heifers

 (300-400 lbs.): $182-$198/cwt.

 (600-700 lbs.): $162-$185/cwt.


New Holland Sales Stables

Dairy replacement sales results from New Holland, Pa., on June 25:

Compared to last week, dairy cows sold firm on good demand. Overall quality better this week. Bred heifers sold firm. Demand was good. Trade was active. Wednesday's supply included 115 fresh milking cows, 33 springing cows, 28 short bred cows, 35 springing heifers, 36 short bred heifers, 75 open heifers and 6 bulls. One hundred percent of reported supply Holsteins unless otherwise noted. All sales sold on a per head basis.


Fresh cows

Supreme: 2000-2700

Approved: 1600-1975

Medium: 1300-1550

Common: 1000-1250


Short bred cows (1-3 months)

Approved: 1400-1550

Medium: 1150-1200


Bred Cows (4-6 months):

Approved: 1400-1450

Medium: 1225-1350


Springing cows (bred 7-9 months)

Supreme: 1800-2400

Approved: 1550-1750

Medium: 1300-1400


Springing heifers (7-9 months)

Supreme: 1900-2150

Approved: 1600-1800

Medium: 1300-1350


Bred heifers (4-6 months)           

Approved: 1775-1975


Short bred heifers (1-3 months)

Supreme: 1700-1825


Open Heifers


600-900 lbs 1050-1250

900-1200 lbs 1350-1425



300-600 lbs 600-775

600-900 lbs 935-1010

900-1200 lbs 1200-1300

1200-1500 lbs 1235-1385



300-600 lbs 475-500

600-900 lbs 750-875

900-1200 lbs 1235-1385